Justice Department: Federal gov’t will recognize Michigan same-sex “marriages”

Same-sex couple married in Mass. will argue for a divorce in Florida

Michigan Congressional Democrats seek federal recognition of same-sex “marriages”

Same-sex couple “married” in Iowa asks Nebraska court to allow divorce

Legislator files proposed amendment to allow same-sex “marriage” in Missouri

Britain set to hold first same-sex “weddings”

Kenyan Christian leaders oppose polygamy bill

Florida may ban minors under 16 from getting married

Study: Divorce has risen to record highs

Attorney sues for Puerto Rican recognition of Mass. same-sex “marriage”

Michigan won’t recognize same-sex “marriages”

Michigan AG: Defending traditional marriage is defending the state constitution

6th Circuit panel extends freeze on Michigan same-sex “marriages”

Supreme showdown in religious freedom battle | WND

World Vision to recognize employees’ same-sex “marriages”

US Supreme Court holds off deciding whether to hear NM photographer’s case

“What Judge Friedman learned about gay families from a lesbian law clerk”

Legal questions abound over same-sex “marriages” in Michigan

6th Circuit stays Michigan marriage ruling

Federal judge strikes down Michigan marriage amendment

WA: Appeals court upholds religious restrictions as to children in divorce case

“Justices may decide if vendors can snub gay weddings” | USA Today

Federal judge denies Tennessee’s request for stay in marriage recognition case

Federal judge could rule today in Michigan same-sex “marriage,” adoption case

Supreme Court faces wave of free-speech cases from conservatives | LA Times

In Oregon marriage case, Judge McShane faces decisions on standing and staying

Kentucky AG on refusal to defend marriage: “I wanted to be on the right side of history”

    Huffington Post: “Conway sat down with HuffPost Live on Wednesday, explaining that when the Kentucky and U.S. constitutions ‘were in conflict,’ he had to act in favor of the U.S. Constitution as ‘the ultimate law of the land.’ ‘I felt like that from a fiscal responsibility standpoint, I didn’t need to be wasting taxpayer resources in a lawsuit that we weren’t going to win or in an appeal that we weren’t going to win,’ Conway said. ‘For the sake of my daughter’s view on my public service in the future, I wanted to be on the right side of history.’”


  • Posted: 03/19/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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Federal judge stays enforcement of Kentucky marriage ruling pending appeal

Tennessee governor appeals same-sex “marriage” order

Brief: Oklahoma marriage amendment harms couples, children | AP

The Church and civil marriage

Legal brief in support of same-sex “marriage” to be filed | Tulsa World

Notre Dame panel addresses Catholic marriage

    The Observer: “On Monday evening, the Tocqueville Program, the Institute for Church Life, the Gender Relations Center and the Center for Ethics and Culture sponsored a panel discussion entitled ‘Marriage, the Church, and the Common Good: Philosophical, Pastoral, and Social Reflections.’ The panel featured Sherif Girgis, Ryan Anderson, Ron Belgau and Jennifer Roback Morse, who discussed evolving views on sexuality and challenges people face in modern marriages.”


  • Posted: 03/18/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: ndsmcobserver.com

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A Comparative Analysis of Laws Pertaining to Same-Sex Unions

Heritage panel: Personal opinion no excuse to abandon marriage laws

    Heritage: “Cuccinelli, who narrowly lost the Virginia governor’s race in November, joined two other legal experts at a Heritage event examining what they regard as a disturbing trend: the willingness of state attorneys general to heed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s advice – and example – by refusing for political reasons to enforce or defend laws with which they disagree. The Friday afternoon event, called ‘Dereliction of Duty,’ also featured Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, and Ed Whelan, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Ethics and Public Policy Center.”


  • Posted: 03/17/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: blog.heritage.org

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UK Christian guesthouse owners go to Strasbourg over “discrimination” case

Alabama same-sex couple denied divorce will pursue court fight

Utah brief: Marriage ruling “a judicial wrecking-ball”

Gender and the Institutional Nature of Marriage

Judge: Tenn. must recognize 3 same-sex “marriages”

Lawyer in common law divorce suit challenges SC marriage amendment

    WYFF: “A lawsuit filed in Greenville this week could challenge the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Cathy Swicegood, of Mauldin, is seeking a divorce from her female partner of 13 years. But because Swicegood was never legally married, she has no legal protections under South Carolina law . . . ‘We are seeking the courts to issue an order that says both South Carolina laws that ban same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, not only under the South Carolina constitution, but more importantly under the United States constitution,’ he said.”

    South Carolina Amendment 1


  • Posted: 03/14/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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Iraqi bill to legalize child marriage criticized

UK: House of Commons chapel will not be used for same-sex “marriages”

Denny Burk: Why the GOP is embracing same-sex “marriage”

    Denny Burk: “I have said it before, and I will say it again. 2012 was the last time the GOP will ever run a presidential candidate who opposes gay marriage at the level of public policy. Those days are behind us. It is only a matter of time—perhaps a very short time—before a majority of the GOP finds itself in full support of the right of gay people to wed.”


  • Posted: 03/14/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.dennyburk.com

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South Dakota couple prepares to challenge marriage amendment

Kentucky governor hires outside counsel for same-sex “marriage” appeal

Federal lawsuit challenges Arizona marriage amendment

UK: Registration opens for first same-sex “marriages”

ACLU sues Florida seeking recognition of out-of-state same-sex “marriages”

W. Bradford Wilcox: Is it time for Catholic Church to accommodate divorce revolution?

    W. Bradford Wilcox at First Things: “There is another reason the Pope and his Church should not simply accommodate this wave: It has taken a devastating toll on the ‘least of these’—especially children and the poor. In the United States, for instance, a recent study of economic mobility for poor children in communities across the nation by Harvard economist Raj Chetty found that “the strongest and most robust predictor [of mobility] is the fraction of children with single parents.” In other words, poor children in the U.S. are much more likely to be trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty if they grow up in communities without strong two-parent families.”


  • Posted: 03/13/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Richard Land: A modest proposal on same-sex “marriage” and religious liberty

    Richard Land: “I would propose no law allowing cafes, restaurants, bakeries, or photographers, etc. to refuse to serve the LGBT community if they offer their services to the public. On the other hand, there should be laws protecting them from being coerced to participate in same-sex wedding ceremonies. Surely, fair-minded people can see the difference between serving a couple in a restaurant or making them a cake and being forced to cater a same-sex wedding reception.”


  • Posted: 03/12/2014
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.christianpost.com

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Judge: Same-sex couple can’t divorce in Alabama

Utah’s decision to freeze same-sex “marriages” debated in court

Pew: “61% of young Republicans favor same-sex marriage”

Methodist bishop to end trials for ministers who perform same-sex weddings

Albert Mohler interview on the redefinition of marriage

Will Alabama grant same-sex couple’s request for divorce?

The rich-poor marriage gap in Canada

First Things reviews Gene Robinson’s case for same-sex “marriage”

    Dennis Di Mauro at First Things: “While Robinson served as a bishop in the Episcopal Church, he surprisingly uses far more secular arguments than theological ones. The religious ones he does use are often speculative. Robinson explores the commonly used verses proscribing homosexual sex by referencing Daniel Helminiak’s 1994 book, What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality. Using Helminiak’s work, he proceeds to reinterpret the verses in Leviticus 18 and 20, Genesis 19, Judges 19, Romans, 1 Cor. 6, and 1 Tim 1. His conclusion? None of these verses deal with homosexuality. They are dismissed as merely divine proscriptions against violence, prostitution, idolatry, or some other sin, or as anthropological remnants of an outdated and bigoted age.”


  • Posted: 03/11/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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UK: Lib Dem minister backs “secular marriage”

Doug Mainwaring: The incremental totalitarianism of the push for same-sex “marriage”

9th Circuit to hear Nevada marriage case next month

4th Circuit to follow expedited schedule for Virginia marriage case

Obama should not be afraid to talk about marriage

Arizona senators still don’t back same-sex “marriage”

Judge: Michigan marriage ruling within two weeks

Canadian same-sex “marriage” to be recognized in Britain

The Atlantic: “The real polygamous, feminist wives of Salt Lake City”

Same-sex “marriage” tests state Attorneys General

    Wall Street Journal: “More than half a dozen state attorneys general, all Democrats, have dropped their defense of anti-gay-marriage laws, concluding that legal precedents in the wake of the 2013 Supreme Court opinion invalidating provisions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act leave them no recourse. The latest was Kentucky’s Jack Conway, who said this past week he wouldn’t appeal a federal judge’s decision striking down a state law denying recognition to same-sex couples married in other states.”


  • Posted: 03/07/2014
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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Indiana couples file federal lawsuit to recognize same-sex “marriage”

Fate of Michigan marriage amendment now rests with federal judge

Nigeria vows to resist same-sex “marriage” pressure